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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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Jan 29, 2015

 

Religion scholar Jack Miles edited the first ever Norton Anthology of World Religions. The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.  Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Outline by Rachel Cusk, a novel about divorce that pushes back against convention -- not so much in its sentiment but in its form. 

Jan 28, 2015

Why do teenagers behave like -- teenagers? We get an explanation from neuroscientist Dr. Frances Jensen, who says our brains are still maturing through our 20s and that the front part of the brain is the last to develop. "And what's in the front? Your frontal cortex and prefrontal cortex; these are the areas where we have insight, empathy, impulse control," she says. "Risk-taking behavior is suppressed by activity in your frontal lobes." Her new book is called The Teenage Brain.  Also critic at large John Powers comments on the controversy surrounding American Sniper. He says the film isn't as simple as some people seem to think. 

Jan 27, 2015

We talk to Kevin Howlett, the executive producer of The Beatles: On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2. The album is a collection of recordings of the Beatles performing originals, covers, and chatting with BBC hosts in the early '60s.

Jan 26, 2015

Veteran crime reporter Jill Leovy talks about the epidemic of unsolved murder cases in African American communities. Leovy, with a unit of LAPD homicide detectives, got to know the families of victims and saw the impact on a community besieged by crime, violence and witness intimidation. Her new book is called Ghettoside.

Also book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Almost Famous Women, a collection of short stories about historical women with unruly lives. 

Jan 23, 2015

Broadcaster Al Michaels Gets Ready To Provide 'Lyrics' For The Super Bowl: Michaels will anchor the Feb. 1 game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. He tells Fresh Air about when he fell in love with sports and the hardest sport to announce.

Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love': Sleater-Kinney is one of the most widely-praised rock bands of the last 20 years. The band formed in the mid-90s in Olympia, Wash., and went on to record seven albums. The group split up in 2006, but have reunited to release a new album, called No Cities to Love, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says it's a strong comeback.

In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD: While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jan 23, 2015

Scientists believe the asteroid that caused the fifth extinction killed off the dinosaurs. This time we're the asteroid; the sixth is being caused by human behavior. Elizabeth Kolbert talks about her book, The Sixth Extinction – which is a finalist for the Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction and is out in paperback. Kolbert says amphibians are the world’s most endangered class of animals.  Also heading toward extinction are “a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds.” 

Also rock historian Ed Ward tells us about Cosimo Recording Studios – New Orleans’ only studio in the ‘60s. It made great records by Aaron Neville, Johnny Adams, Robert Parker and others.

Jan 22, 2015

Sportscaster Al Michaels says, "I've always felt that the game itself is pretty much a melody -- and I am there to provide the lyrics." He talks about how he became interested in sports, the hardest sport to announce, and the upcoming Super Bowl next weekend. Then, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews composer and French horn player Tom Varner's new album, Nine Surprises

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